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Mega Hit Producer Mike Medavoy on How Movies & Media Affect USA's Relationship with the World

Broadcast 2/11/2010 at 8:48 PM EST (2 Listens, 2 Downloads, 8 Itunes)
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A bit of Mike Medavoy's profile from wikipedia

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Mike Medavoy is an American film producer and executive, co-founder of Orion Pictures (1978), former chairman of TriStar Pictures, former head of production for United Artists (1974-1978) and current chairman and CEO of Phoenix Pictures.

he worked with such prestigious clients as Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Gene Wilder, Jeanne Moreau, and Jean-Louis Trintignant among others. United Artists brought him in as senior vice president of production in 1974 where he was part of the team responsible for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Rocky, and Annie Hall all of which won the Best Picture Oscars over three successive years in 1975, 1976, and 1977. Other notable pictures included Apocalypse Now, Raging Bull, Network, and Coming Home.

In 1978, Medavoy co-founded Orion Pictures. During his tenure Platoon, Amadeus, Robocop, Hannah and Her Sisters, The Terminator, Dances with Wolves, and The Silence of the Lambs were released. In 1990, after twelve fruitful years at Orion, Medavoy became Chairman of TriStar Pictures. Under his aegis, critically acclaimed, box office successes, Philadelphia, Terminator 2: Judgment Day (with Carolco), Sleepless in Seattle, Cliffhanger (with Carolco), The Fisher King, Legends of the Fall and Steven Spielberg's Hook debuted. Of all the films Medavoy has been involved with, sixteen have been nominated for Best Picture Oscars and seven have won Best Picture Academy Awards and numerous international festival awards.

Medavoy has made a mark not only within his industry, but in his community as well. He has received numerous awards including the 1992 Motion Picture Pioneer of the Year Award, "Career Achievement" Awards from both UCLA (1997) and the University of Central Florida (2002) and the 1999 UCLA Neil H. Jacoby Award, which honors individuals who have made exceptional contributions to humanity.

Uber producer Mike Medavoy discusses how movies and American media are playing a major role, and always have-- in how the US reaches out to, affects and causes responses by the rest of the world. We're talking about soft diplomacy. He's a fount of information and a Hollywood legend

Spoke about his book, American Idol in Iraq, about role of new American media, film industry in the 21st century and a globalized world. He was involved in producing: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Rocky, Annie Hall, Apocalypse Now, Raging Bull, Network, Silence of the Lambs, Zodiac, Terminator... ie., his iconic films have helped define contemporary culture.

 We spoke about the changing role of the American film industry in a global world, of bottom-up 21st century mind and how too many are still in the 20th century, and how to reflect the zeitgeist of
the times.

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